FNB NMMU-Madibaz coach David Maidza says his team are determined to improve their performance when they face University of Pretoria in their FNB Varsity Cup rugby game in Pretoria on Monday.
After defeating UCT in Cape Town in their opening match, the Madibaz went down to defending champions NWU-Pukke in Potchefstroom this week, losing 37-7.
Maidza said the disappointment after the game was evident in the silence in the bus on the trip back to Johannesburg, but he added there was an eagerness to learn from the experience.
He knows Tuks will be another big challenge on Monday and said the team would be focused on a better showing.
“We agreed that we did not execute our gameplan well. That started with our set-pieces which led to us not having a good launching pad.
“Furthermore we gave away too much ball in the amount of decision-making errors we made.”
Despite the loss in Potchefstroom, the Madibaz coach said he was pleased that the team never gave up.
“That is credit to them for showing good character to play until the end.”
Maidza said they knew they were facing a good side in Pukke and that the number of turnovers they conceded counted against them.
“We were disappointed in that we did not control the possession we had and, of course, Pukke were going to take full advantage of these errors.”
FNB NMMU-Madibaz squad: 15 Lindelwu Zungu, 14 Jixie Molapo, 13 Siphumelele Msutwana, 12 Andile Jho (vice-capt), 11 Athi Mayinje, 10 Simon Bolze, 9 Luvo Claassen, 8 Kevin Kaba (capt), 7 Henry Brown, 6 SF Nieuwoudt, 5 Gerrit Huisamen, 4 Janse Roux, 3 James Beyl, 2 JP Jamieson, 1 Nicolaas Oosthuizen.
Replacements: Jedwyn Harty, Xandre Vos, Nicolas Roebeck, Jayson Reinecke, Rouche Nel, Jordan Koekemoer, Ivan-John du Preez, Robert Izaks.